Send Me: Prayer & Fasting – Day 11 – 1-19-2017
Day 11 – Thursday 1/19 – Be Sheep – know His voice
10 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them. 7 Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. 12 But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. 13 The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. 15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
This may at first seem a little strange and not flattering at all but hold on for a few moments with me and try to understand what is said here. Sheep could well be one of the dumbest animals on the face of the planet. Most of them do not seem to be capable of thinking on their own but simply do what their shepherd tells them to do. There are stories told of shepherds who have been tending their sheep when a predator came to take a lamb for his own dinner. The story tells of the shepherd circling around so that he placed the wolf between him and his flock and simply called them to come to him. In their panicked state, they began to run wildly toward their shepherd and in the process trampled the attacker, putting him to death.
Understand, you are not being called “stupid”, but there is a great lesson in knowing the voice of your “Good Shepherd.” To hear Him speak you must be so attuned to only His voice that you will hear only Him and will know His voice so certainly that you will follow His instructions without wavering.
Your assignment this day is to simply be a sheep! Be like a sheep in your hearing. Be like a sheep in your eager anticipation of His voice. Be like a sheep in your strict obedience to His call. All of these are made possible because He is so good!